1. The Power of Compassion

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    From Sadness to Hope – the Power of Compassion

    May the supreme and precious awakening mind
    Arise where it has not yet arisen.
    And where it has declined or does not exist,
    May it flourish and keep growing.

    “It is clear that the greater your sense of altruism, the more you work
    for the welfare of others, the greater will be your own satisfaction.
    And when you come to die you’ll be able to go with confidence. As you
    dedicate yourself to working for others, your own interests will
    incidentally be fulfilled. Selfishness and self-centredness, on the
    other hand, lead to anxiety and suspicion, poor health and a decline in
    well-being.” ~His Holiness the Dalai Lama

    Although the Buddha had spoken about suffering when he taught the Four
    Noble Truths, that is no grounds for feeling depressed. Rather we should
    examine what gives rise to suffering and take on the challenge of
    overcoming it. He said that helping others who suffer to cope and
    overcome their grief described is a great gift of kindness.

    His Holiness clarified that we experience two levels of pain, physical and mental, and that while physical pain tends to have a physical cause, mental suffering usually derives from our own way of thinking. For this the 8th century Indian master, Shantideva, offers practical advice:

    Why be unhappy about something
    If it can be remedied?
    And what is the use of being unhappy about something
    If it cannot be remedied?

    Source: dalailama.com
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